Rescue crews work to free a woman trapped between two buildings in downtown Portland, Oregon.
Portland firefighters cut a hole through concrete and used an air bag
and a soapy lubricant to free an Oregon woman who fell part of the way
down a 20-foot wall and got herself stuck between two buildings
The woman spent about four hours in a
space 8 to 10 inches wide before rescuers managed to free her as
television cameras filmed much of the effort.
Chatman of the Portland fire department, wearing a blue helmet and
harness, climbed into the hole cut by rescuers to help apply the soapy
After the woman surfaced at 7:30 a.m., she raised her face, clenched her fists and shouted, "Oh, my God."
had built a platform beneath the woman and had turned on a portable
heater to keep her warm in temperatures just above freezing. The air bag
was used to spread the walls.
Firefighters said they initially reached the woman by using tools used in earthquake rescues, CBS affiliate KOIN reports.
"She was in good spirits," Chatman said. "We just tried to reassure her ... we weren't going home without her."
said they hadn't gotten a clear explanation of the woman's predicament.
Chatman said she had been seen smoking or walking on the roof of a
two-story building before she fell.
Authorities didn't immediately name the woman.
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